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Canadian poison control centres receive some 70,000 calls annually about incidents involving children under the age of 6. Seven children under 14 die from poisoning every year and another 1,700 are hospitalized for this reason.
Medication is the leading cause of poisoning in children, ahead of cleaning and other household products. While 98 percent of parents agree that drugs should be kept under lock and key, half of them store their drugs in an unlocked medicine cabinet.
Other common substances considered toxic include cosmetics (perfume, after-shave, shampoo, nail polish remover, etc.). These should also be stored out of children’s sight and reach.
Parents should keep in mind that even small amounts of adult medication or vitamins can be dangerous, even fatal to children. Here are some safety measures that need to be taken.
Despite our best efforts at prevention, incidents can still occur. If you notice that your child has ingested a potentially toxic product, you must stay calm. Getting worked up will not help you make the right decisions.
Dos and don’ts
The ingestion of toxic products is not the only form of poisoning. In all situations, however, the number one rule is to stay calm. Here are some additional instructions that may be helpful in specific poisoning cases.
Did your child ingest a medicine not meant for children? Worried about the possible interactions among various medications your child is taking? Your pharmacist can give you the information you need and, if necessary, direct you to the appropriate resources. Just ask!
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